JIME VS ORTOM: INEC CLOSES CASE, SAYS NO NEED CALLING WITNESSES

By David Mzer
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, today opened and closed its case at the Benue State governorship election petition tribunal without calling a witness.
When the case resumed today, counsel to INEC, Offiong Offiong, SAN, told the tribunal that the electoral body was not calling witnesses as the witnesses and evidence tendered by the petitioners, Emmanuel Jime and the All Progressives Congress, APC supports the position of INEC that the election was free, fair and credible.
In his submission, counsel to Governor Samuel Ortom, Edward Ashiekaa, SAN, submitted that ordinarily, they would have followed the position of INEC, but because election cases are sui generis (of their own class), he would call only a few witnesses.
Ruling, the tribunal Chairman, Justice Adebola Olusiyi accordingly adjourned the matter to tomorrow, Friday, August 16, 2019 for Governor Ortom to call his witnesses after which the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP will follow.
The Tribunal Chairman stated that Governor Ortom has five days to open and close his defense as well as the PDP as earlier agreed.

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